Minnesota, who drastically underachieved this past season by finishing ninth, two points out of a play-off spot, made a major move last month. They fired general manager, Doug Risebrough, who has had the job since the teams’ inception in 2000/01.
Since that time Minnesota, who will also have a new coach next season, has been busy interviewing and preparing a short list of candidates, who are still strongly being considered.
A surprise name that is on the list of candidates is hockey analysis Pierre McGuire, who knows the league inside out; but has been in the broadcasting business with TSN for quite a few years. Even though he has an encyclopedic mind for hockey, a big question mark is whether—or not—he could make a smooth transition.
Other names being bandied about, include Pittsburgh Penguins assistant general manager, Chuck Fletcher, who is supposed to be interviewed later this week.
Former Toronto Maple Leafs’ and Vancouver Canucks’ general manager and coach Pat Quinn, is said to be a strong candidate. Also being considered are Nashville Predators’ assistant general manager, Paul Fenton and Tom Lynn, who is presently the assistant general manager with the Wild.